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EXAMINATION OF HARRISON
On Saturday morning at eleven o'clock Maynard James HARRISON, aged 17 years who is charged with the wilful murder of Lucy SANDS, at the North-side, Workington, on or about the 1st December last, was brought up on remand for examination at Workington.
The magistrates on the Bench were William THOMPSON, Esq. (Chairman) and Michael FALCON, Esq. Before the time announced for the court to open a large crowd had assembled in front of the Court House, not one-fifth of whom were able to gain admission when the doors were thrown open. Mr. PAISLEY appeared for the prisoner, and Superintendent BIRD conducted the prosecution.
Henry MAINPRIZE stated that he wished to make some explanation with respect to the change of his name. BEDFORD, he said, was his father's name. After his father's death he went to live with his grandfather, who was named BEDFORD, when he was two years and six months old. He returned to his home when he was 14 years of age, and by that time his mother had got married a second time to a man named MAINPRIZE and the name of MAINPRIZE was given to him (witness) by the inhabitants of the village. He had a sister who was also know by the name MAINPRIZE.
When he returned from Manchester he was known by the name BEDFORD, but he received letters addressed to him as "Henry MAINPRIZE." When he went back to Yeadon, the place at which he had previously resided, he was called by the name MAINPRIZE again, and had been known by it ever since. When leaving the Court last Saturday he met the prisoner at the door, who muttered some thing like these words, "You --- I will have your life. When I come out of this you will not live another day."
In answer to Superintendent BIRD witness said he was quite positive that the prisoner made use of this threat, and it was after he had been giving evidence in connection with that inquiry.
By Mr. PAISLEY: Came to Workington in May 1880. He had been in the employ of Moss Bay Iron and Steel Company as assistant chemist. When he lived in Manchester he resided at Miles Platting. Was married last November at St. John's Church, Workington. Was married under the name BEDFORD. Would be 23 years of age in June.
James REAY deposed that he was a labourer and resided at 42, King-street, Workington. Him and Lucy SANDS were second cousins. On the 1st December last he was twice at the house where Lucy SANDS lived. The first time he was there was a little after four o'clock in the afternoon, and again about seven in the evening. The first time he was in he saw Lucy curling her hair.
He said, "You are taking a deal of pain with yourself; what is the matter?"
She said, "I am going to see my young man."
He replied, "Have you a young man?"
"Oh yes I have," she replied.
He asked her who he was and she replied "They call him Mr. HARRISON?" She said this twice over. She said no more, and he left her in the house. Never saw her after that till he saw her body at Workington Bridge Station.
By Mr. PAISLEY: On the day he called at the house Lucy told him her grandmother was working at the church. Was working himself in the forenoon at the quarries. There was no person in the house but Lucy herself. Remained in the house for about twenty minutes. The second time he called Lucy was not in. Did not give evidence before the coroner. Knew that an inquest was being held on the body of his relative, Lucy SANDS. Did not mention what he had told to-day to Lucy's grandmother and aunt. The first person he mentioned the matter to was Mr. RENNICKS, when in Bridge Street. Mentioned it to the police the same day. That would be before last Saturday. Knew the inquiry was going on, but did not take the trouble to mention it to the police. Did not know the prisoner.
Jessie NICHOLAS deposed that she was a dressmaker, and resided in High Street. Remembered the 1st of March, when she met HARRISON at the top of Wilson Street. She was in company of Harry MAINPRIZE. That was the day on which the body of Lucy Sands was found. Met HARRISON between Mrs. WAITE's and the shop of Mr. SMITH, the grocer. He asked her if she had been to see the body, and said, "I have been to see the bloody thing!" She replied, "Whoever did it ought to be punished."
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HARRISON replied that they would be punished. He also said that he got into a fine mess through being last seen with her. He added that on the 1st December he went to the works with Lucy SANDS, CRANNIE and SHANNON. After they left the works he said, they all went into the garden. At first he said Lucy left after the others, but afterwards stated that she stood against the door, according to agreement, to stay behind. He also said he went into the house and came out not ten minutes afterwards, and followed her down the road. Was sure he said he saw her standing against the door and spoke to her.
The Chairman: He said she was standing at the door and he spoke to her?
Witness: Yes. HARRISON afterwards told her that CRANNIE and SHANNON went home, and she understood him to say that they went by the low way. He said he went over Derwent Bridge to the town that night.
The Clerk: Was that the night of the 1st December.
Witness: Yes. HARRISON said, with reference to the murder of Lucy, that it had been a "quick deed," because he followed not ten minutes after. After having said this HARRISON looked down Pow-street, and said, "Yonder is SHANNON and CRANNIE coming up the street; let us go and tell them."
CRANNIE and SHANNON were on the opposite side of the street, and when coming across CRANNIE said, "You have done it." Did not hear him reply to that. He was almost drunk, and he said he would go and get "bloody well drunk," and then he would go to the station and give his "bloody evidence." HARRISON went into the Royal Oak Inn, and she afterwards saw him in the company of CRANNIE and SHANNON.
Cross examined by Mr. PAISLEY: The girls were beside the archway, nearly opposite SHAW and SMITH's when CRANNIE shouted out "You have done it." Could not tell where MAINPRIZE was just then. She had left him, and the prisoner HARRISON was crossing over the street to the girls.
Evan JONES, desposed that he was a draughtsman at Distington Ironworks. Knew the prisoner. Was formerly draughtsman at the West Cumberland Iron and Steel Works, and knew prisoner then. On the 1st March last witness met the prisoner in Pow-street about twenty minutes to five o'clock in the afternoon. His aunt was with him at the time, and they all went into the Royal Oak.
Witness had a glass of ale and prisoner had a glass of whiskey standing on the table. Did not meet the prisoner in the street; he was standing near BOYD's, the clothier's, and the prisoner whistled to him. Prisoner asked him if he had heard about the murder, and he replied that he had. He also said it was a strange thing that the body had lain so long on the public road. Prisoner took a glass of whiskey in his right hand and winking his eye said, "I knew where the body was long since; I knew from the first." He said he knew Lucy SANDS and was with her the night she was missed - he was in the garden with her in company with two other girls. Witness asked prisoner if he wanted another glass, and he replied, "No." Prisoner said he was left with the two girls at the garden gate. His aunt was in a "terrible way." When prisoner made the statement to the effect that he knew where the body was she threw her hands up. Witness cautioned him to be careful what he was saying. Just as witness was leaving the Royal Oak he met two girls in the passage, and they told MAYNARD he was wanted, and he went off with them. Did not know the girls at the time, but he recognised them now as CRANNIE and SHANON.
By Mr. PAISLEY: Had been at Distington 18 months, and previous to that time was at the West Cumberland Iron and Steel Works. The aunt was present during the whole conversation, and must have heard all that was said. The conversation took place in the front room. Could not have been in the Royal Oak more than five minutes. Had just one glass of ale, but it was not the only drink he had had that day. Had some other drink down in the town, but not much. Hadn't had a half-dozen glasses. At the time when he met HARRISON in the public house witness was as sober as he was at present. Did not think the prisoner was confessing a murder at the time; thought he was larking. HARRISON said nothing about any arrangements being made to meet Lucy after she came out of the garden. At the time he considered that HARRISON made the remarks he did to tease his aunt. Went to work the same day, but was too late to make a shift up.
The Chairman: Was his aunt troubled about it?
Witness: His aunt was in a terrible way about it.
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Thomas ROSSER deposed that he was a tailor and lived in Derwent Street, Workington, was in Pow-street on Friday, the 3rd of March. Met the prisoner about ten minutes to one o'clock. Asked the prisoner where he was going and he replied, "To the Police Station. I wish the bloody thing was over." He said he was going to be examined at the Police Station, but did not mention any person's name. He said he wished he had never seen the girl as she would get him into "fine disgrace." Prisoner added, "Some ----has violated her and then cut her throat." He said he was last with her, and that was all they had against him. Saw prisoner on the 1st March in Pow-street. Was standing with some girls - CRANNIE, LAWSON, and two there young women. One of the girls called out, "You done it." Prisoner did not join the did not join the party, but went on to the Royal Oak.
Mr. FALCON: Had you any further conversation with the prisoner that day?"
Witness: No sir. Saw him on the Saturday for about three minutes, and had not seen him since. Never had any talk with HARRISON about Lucy SANDS before the body was found.
By Mr. PAISLEY: Had known the prisoner three or four years. Made a mistake in the date when before the coroner. Had made no other mistakes that he was aware of. Had never seen Lucy SANDS near the "Cheap Jack's" stand, but had seen SHANNON and CRANNIE there. "Cheap Jack" had his stand in Wildridge field, near the Central Station. When prisoner asked him to go with him to the Police Station he did not seem any way put out.
Anthony DALGLEISH deposed that he was a coal miner, and resided at Edkin-street, Workington. Remembered the date on which Lucy SANDS body was found: it was the 1st March. We went to see the place on North-side road, and whilst looking at the place with a few lads Mr. HARRISON came up the right side. The first words he noticed him saying were, "Poor ----" and then witness walked away. Prisoner walked alongside him and said, "She has gone the road that a good deal more should like to go." Prisoner also said, "She was on the town or about on the town." Just then they were meeting BOUCH and CARTNER, two tailors, and he said that they had been with her. Witness asked, "Those two we are meeting?" but the prisoner made no answer.
He then said he was with her and two or three more girls shortly before the time she was missing. He said also that he would like to see those other girls as they might talk and make some bother for him. He, witness, replied that "woman folk" did sometimes talk and make bother which they need not make. By this time they had arrived at the top of Speedwell-lane, and they met a young woman. The prisoner stopped to talk to her. Witness did not take a great deal of notice of his talk, as he was a young man whom he did not know.
The chairman: You never knew him before this time?
The Clerk: Did he say anything about her being a whore?
Witness: No, not that I remember.
Cross examined by Mr. PAISLEY: Was not certain that prisoner said he left her on the North-side road.
At this point the court adjourned for three quarters of an hour.
The Court reassembled at twenty minutes past two.
The first witness called was Annie BELL, who deposed that she lived at Stanwix, Carlisle. Know Lucy SANDS when living in Workington. Left Workington about a month since and went to live in Stanwix. When in Workington she resided Mrs. DOUGLAS in Finkle-street. Mrs. DOUGLAS was a confectioner: Lucy sometimes visited there. About three weeks after she was missing the prisoner came to Mrs. DOUGLAS shop. She said to him it was a strange thing about Lucy SANDS, and he replied, "I know where Lucy SANDS is; she is all right." He also said he knew all about her.
The Clerk: Did he ever say he passed her.
By Mr. PAILSEY: Did not go so much with Lucy after she came back from Preston. Lucy called in the shop when she came from Preston. Did not know of anyone she went with. Had never seen her in the company of any young man. The prisoner did not seem concerned when he said he knew where Lucy was. The prisoner did not tell her she was at Preston. Heard a report shortly after Lucy SANDS was missing that she was in Preston. Believed it was Miss. SHANNON who said she had heard she had gone to Preston.
The Clerk: What made you mention it to HARRISON?
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Witness: I mentioned it two or three times. I had heard that they were all together at the North-side.
Mr. FALCON: You say the prisoner came to your shop two or three weeks after Lucy SANDS was missing. What did he come for?
Witness: To make purchases.
Mary LAWSON deposed that she lived in Pow-street, Workington. On the first December she met Lucy SANDS in Speedwell-lane, about half past seven o'clock. Lucy SANDS said she had been meeting a commercial traveller at the Station, who had given her a curl of his hair, and then went on to Whitehaven. Jane SHANNON and Margaret CRANNIE afterwards came up, and SHANNON proposed going for a walk to the North-side. She, (witness) said it was too late and should not go. They all went down the line towards North-side. On Wednesday afternoon after the body was found she was in Pow-street along with Jane SHANNON and ROSSER. HARRISON was coming along the other side of the street, when CRANNIE shouted, "Oh Maynard, it's you whose done it! it's you whose done it!" Did not hear the prisoner's reply. Had seen Lucy SANDS in company the company with HARRISON, but never alone.
By Mr. PAISLEY: Had some talk with Lucy SNDS in Speedwell-lane before SHANNON and CRANNIE came up. The talk was all about the curl, and Lucy said the man came from Preston. Had never been with Lucy DANDS to "Cheap John" did not open that night. Had no conversation with Jane SHANNON and Margaret CRANNIE since the body was found. Never heard that Lucy SANDS was at Preston, but Maggie HELLERSHAW said she was in Liverpool, and she was receiving letters from her.
Superintendent BIRD: She told you she had the curl from a commercial traveller at the railway station?
Superintendent BIRD: Did she tell you where he was on his way to?
Witness: She said he was on his way to Whitehaven.
Annie GIBSON testified: I live at No. 2 North-side, and am a dressmaker. Make dresses at home. Have no place of employment in the town. Remember the night Lucy SANDS was missing. Left the town at a quarter to nine o'clock that night. It was a bright moonlight night and fine. When I got home I observed Lucy SANDS standing against our door. There was a porch to our door and she was standing in the porch but not up the steps. When I was knocking at the door she ran away to the top of HARRISON's, round the corner. As I went round the back corner I saw Lucy standing at the front corner, and I met her there. She was on the move when I saw her. After I passed her she ran down by the front of the houses. I saw her about half way down the long row. I stood for about two minutes and watched her. I went in by the front door and took my jacket and hat off, and then came to the front door to look out. When I saw Lucy it would be about five or ten minutes past nine o'clock. Observed the garden gate open when standing at the door. Heard the following week that Lucy was missing.
William HARRINGTON said he lived at the North-side and worked at the West Cumberland Iron and Steel Works. On a day shortly before Christmas he was walking along the riverside when he found a hat. That hat produced was the one found. It was found about thirty yards above the bridge. It was lying on the stones about two feet out of the water. The tide ebbs and flows at that point. The hat was satin on one side and corded on the other. Took the hat home and it was kept there till he heard of this affair. Was coming to the police station and met the Inspector at the North-side. The hat was wet through when he found it. He did not know to whom it belonged.
Henry KERR deposed: I live at North-side, and work in the rail department. Know HARRISON. He used to work in the Bessemer end of the mill. Remember being in Workington the 1st of December. I heard that Lucy SANDS was missing. Had no talk with HARRISON before this about Lucy SANDS. Met him on the new bridge. He said that she was in the family way and had run away to Preston. We just met, and he told me this, and we parted. Not another word was said.
Mr. PAISLEY: Were you ever out with Lucy SANDS for a walk?
Witness: No, sir.
The Clerk: Did you ever ask HARRISON afterwards if he got into the house?
Witness: No, sir.
Superintendent BIRD asked the Bench to grant a remand for a week.
Mr. PAISLEY objected to the remand for such a long time.
The Bench decided to remand the prisoner till Thursday next.
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At Workington Police Court yesterday, (before W. THOMPSON, Esq., M. FALCON, Esq., and R. S. THOMPSON, Esq., ) Maynard James HARRISON was brought up on remand, charged with the wilful murder of Lucy SANDS, at North-side, Workington, on or about the 1st December last. The Court was crowded to excess. Mr. Superintendent BIRD conducted the prosecution, and Mr. PAISLEY appeared for the prisoner. The first witness was called.
Henry KERR, who stated that it was on Friday he went to Forge Hammer Inn. He did not remember that he told anyone there that he had to receive £5 if HARRISON got clear. Was drunk at the time. Went into the house about seven o'clock. It was in the morning when he left Forge Hammer. Was on the night shift that week. Went to work at night. The other men who were in the inn were partly drunk also.
The Clerk: Did you make use of these words, "I wish he may get clear; if he does I will get £10" SALTER has promised me £10 if he does?"
Witness: I cannot remember making that statement.
The Clerk: Nor any part of it?
Witness: No, sir. Still adhered to the statement that "Hamlet" was being played at the theatre on Friday night. Knew this by a man coming out with a cloak on, and another making a grave. Saw Jane SHANNON a week after. Never went to the theatre on any other night than Friday, as it was the best play on that night.
The Clerk produced a bill announcing "the performance of Hamlet" on Wednesday evening.
The Clerk: Will you still stick to it that "Hamlet" was played on the Friday night after seeing that bill?
Witness: Yes, sir.
The Clerk: You had better stand down at present; you will have to come up again.
Dorothy GRANT deposed: I am the wife of William GRANT, who is the engine-driver, and lives in John-street. In the month December we were living at the Old Company's Works, at the North-side. On the 21st of December, I had a married daughter ill at Cockermouth. Went to visit her on that day, along with my husband. We travelled from the Bridge Station home late, having returned by the last train. The train was very late. On arriving at the station my husband and me started off home. Know the bridge of the Cleator and Workington Railway. When we got past that bridge we met a young man. A small light first attracted my attention. The light was like the light from a fuse match. When I turned he said, "Good evening; I am glad to have met with company." To the best of my recollection he was either timid or frightened. He joined us and walked on my left side. My husband was in front. Whilst we were walking along we had some conversation.He said it was a very lonely road, and many a person had got on it what they would not cast. I said, "I dare say; I know a man a few years ago who got very much abused on this road." Couldn;t say whether he asked me if I knew him, or I said I knew him, and that his name was Peter BROWN. He then said, "Yes, a yound woman -----" and paused. I said "Indeed." He then said, "A young woman, a young woman," twice, and added she was either badly behaved or badly abused. At that time the young man was at my right hand, and we were then opposite the ghyll on the North-side road. (At this point the witness exclaimed to the prisoner, "Oh, that's him." He said a young woman had been badly used, and they took her seal hat and boots off. He said he was frightened to death, and the poor lad seemed frightened. I said "the vagabounds! It's a pity they can't be found out. That poor girl would have to walk all the way home without either hat or boots." He said, "A man came up and shouted, and two men ran over the hill - one one way and the other the other way."
The young man then said, "I wish I was at home;" and I think he passed from us about the middle of the first row. My husband who was walking on before shouted, "Mother, for God's sake, come on!" The young man bade us good night and we both bade him good night. Beside the ghyll the young man motioned with his hand, and said, "Over there; one ran one way and the other the other way.." Just as we were passing the ghyll he pointed that these two men ran up the ghyll. Next day I was at Cockermouth again, and returned home on the last late train. It was even later than the night before. My husband met me at the station. My husband met me at the station. When we came to the same spot as the night before, we met the prisoner who said, "Good evening Mr. GRANT; we have luck to meet." We both said good evening. " He said I am in for it tonight; the gov'nor has never allowed me a key since I was at sea, but I'll go back to the sea." He said he had either been or would go to America. I said, "No, no young man; if you have a good home stay at it. I had a young man who went to sea and was glad to get from it again." He replied, "Was that Tom?" and I said, "Oh you know him then." He said, "You are like Mamma," and when he said that I looked at him, and saw he was a bonny fair haired young man. "Ay, that's him" (looking towards the prisoner.)
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Cross examined by Mr. PAISLEY: Was at Cockermouth for five weeks every day, or every other day for a long time. The first time I was there was on the twenty-first of December, my daughter's birthday. To the best of my recollection the 21st was on a Wednesday. The following Friday night I stayed at Cockermouth. Went right home from the station on the 21st December. Went right home on the following night. Could not swear the prisoner was lighting a pipe on the first occasion. On the second occasion he had a pipe. Could not swear that he had either a pipe or a cigar in his hand. It was not dark but I could not see more than two yards off. Never told any person that it was a pitch dark night. Have described the person that I saw on that occasion as a boy, with his hair parted down the middle. Have never told any person that he had his hair plastered on his brow. GIBSON's name was mentioned between us that night. This girl we were talking about had either been to GIBSON's with a parcel or for a parcel. Lived fifteen months at the North-side. Never heard of the name SCOTT at the North-side. Am quite certain the prisoner said that a man came up, but am not certain whether he said, "the man shouted," or "she shouted." Saw the prisoner in the cell. The prisoner was brought out, and as soon as ever I saw him, I identified him. Did not say I was not sure. Never saw the young man had an overcoat on. When the policeman came to my house the second time, one of them said, "Did the young man not refer to a ghost?" I said "No." Remember what passed between me and the policeman, and one of them did not ask me about a ghost. It would be your young man who asked me about the ghost, (referring to Mr. PAISLEY's clerk). It isn't a day of confession, it is a day of examination. That boy has represented me as being tipsy. (To the prisoner), "If Thou was my son I would have hanged thee, exposing a woman in this way."
Samuel LEES deposed: I live at 62, North-side. On the last Wednesday in February I was in Workington. Met the prisoner at the new railway bridge which crosses the town. He asked me if I was going home. It would be about nine o'clock. I told him I was not going home till I had been at McALEER's for a pair of boots. The boots had to be ready at half past nine. I went at that time for the boots, and HARRISON went with me. The boots were not ready then, and Mr. McALEER said they would be ready by ten o'clock. The prisoner left me to go home, saying he might wait for me on the bridge. When I got there at ten o'clock he was waiting for me. We went along the road together. When we arrived opposite the ghyll on the North-side, nothing in particular was said, but he stopped. HARRISON had lost a dog, and he stopped to look after it. He whistled to the dog and it came up to him. He showed me a knife at the same time as we stopped. He took the knife out of his breast. It was a large knife - not a dagger, but a kind of sheath knife. He said, "Look here, Sam; if anyone assaulted us now, couldn't we make a mess of them?" He handed the instrument to me and I felt it. It was an instrument sharp on one side only. I handed the knife back to HARRISON, and he put it back again into his breast.
Cross examined by Mr. PAISLEY: Nothing had been said about the knives or daggers before the prisoner took the knife out of his breast. Prisoner did not take the knife out of his belt although he had a belt on. The dog left us on the North-side about the stone heap where the body was found. The prisoner never left me. The knife had a guard to it - a cross piece - and was in a case. The length of the blade would be about nine inches. It would be about an inch and a half wide. Could not tell the colour of the case as the prisoner held it in his own hand. The handle of the knife was made of some kind of hard wood. The guard did not come round the handle; it was merely a cross piece. The handle was smooth. The blade was almost straight on the sharp edge, and on the back it was straight for about seven inches and then it tapered off towards the point. Could not say if the guard was a "pot metal" guard.
Richard JACKSON deposed: I am a foreman moulder in the employ of the West Cumblerand Iron and Steel Company. On the 20th December I was in Workington at about a quarter to nine. On going home I saw the prisoner and spoke to him about twenty or thirty yards from the Cleator and Workington Railway bridge, on the North-side road. He told me he had been with Lucy SANDS that night. On the day the body was found I went to see the place. On my way back I met HARRISON. I asked him why he was not working and he said he was on the night shift. He then said, "I am going up here to see who this bloody woman is they have found." That was about one o'clock. I said, "They say it is Miss. SANDS," and he said, "If it is Miss. SANDS he was with her on that night." He asked me if I could not remember seeing him with her that night. I could not reply, and he said "On the 20th December." I asked him if she had been missing ever since and we parted.
Cross examined by Mr. PAISLEY: Saw HARRISON with two or three girls on the road. Mr. DAVIDSON, the Primitive Methodist minister, and some others were with me. Had a conversation with PERCIVAL on the day the body was found.
Superintendent BIRD objected to Mr. PAISLEY asking what the conversation was about.
The Clerk: Which way were these girls going when you met them?
Witness: To the North-side when we overtook them.
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William WILSON deposed: I am a stone mason and live in North Wall Street. Knew the deceased Lucy SANDS and often met her on the street and stopped to talk to her. Once walked her out to the cemetery. That would be about a month before she was missing. Have never been out with her since. The last time I saw her was one Thursday night standing on the bridge at Speedwell-lane with SHAOONON and CRANNIE. I believe that was the night she was missing. Did not speak to them. Did not speak to CRANNIE, SHANNON, or SANDS either that night or during the day. Had not spoken to Lucy SANDS about a week before that time. Never made an appointment to meet her. Walked with Lucy SANDS one night on the North-side. Came up from the dock with her. I am quite sure I had no appointment to meet her on this Thursday night. Had no appointment with CRANNIE or SHANNON. If anybody states that I had an appointment on that night it is untrue. On the same night I saw MAINPRIZE in John-street, when we turned, and then came up as far as the Wesleyan Chapel. We parted there and I went home. It would be about half an hour after before I went to bed. It would be about eleven o'clock when I went to bed.
Cross examined by Mr. PAISLEY: MAINPRIZE and I are friendly; we sometimes go a-bicycle riding together. On the night of the 1st December we were in the Royal Oak together till about ten o'clock. On the night before the first December I was in Maryport. I once took a walk out with SHANNON last summer.
At this point the Court adjourned for three quarters of an hour. The Court assembled again at half past two o'clock. The first witness called was:
Jane SHANNON, who deposed: I lived in Grapesyard. Knew the prisoner. Have known him for about twelve months, during which time I have been keeping company with him. Remember the night of 1st of December. On that night I was in Pow-street with Mary LAWSON, Margaret CRANNIE and Lucy SANDS. They were all talking together. Thought Margaret CRANNIE talked to LAWSON first. Margaret CRANNIE proposed to go to the North-side. The north-side had not been mentioned before that I can remember. CRANNIE asked Mary LAWSON if she would go, and Mary LAWSON said she was going home. Do not remember if Lucy had spoken before to Mary LAWSON. Lucy asked Mary LAWSON also. The three of us started for the North-side. We had been at work that day till tea time. LAWSON was with us. It was between half past seven and eight o'clock when we started. We went over the cleator and Workington Junction Railway Bridge. It was moonlight. We went up to West Cumberland Iron and Steel Works. We were seated at the chimney when Maynard HARRISON came down. Lucy SANDS proposed going into the works. She (SANDS) said nothing about going to see HARRISON. We all three went into the works together. When Maynard came up he asked us all three if we would go into the works, and he would let us see them. We all went. HARRISON and CRANNIE went first, and Lucy and I walked after. We were not far apart. We came out by the same way that we went in. We went to see the iron run out of the furnaces. Stopped in the works about a quarter of an hour, and then came out, and the prisoner came with us. Came out of the works on the road between HARRISON's house and the office, and stood by the garden gate.
Margaret CRANNIE asked Maynard HARRISON if he would let them see the garden, and he said, "Yes," and they all four went into the garden. The gate was not locked. After they got in they went round the garden, and then came and sat doen on the seat beside the door. HARRISON also sat down next to witness. They sat about five or ten minutes before anyone moved. Lucy SANDS moved first. She got up and went out by the garden door on the road; Margaret CRANNIE followed immediately after. That was the last I saw of Lucy.
In answer to the Chairman, the witness said: Lucy was out of the door before CRANNIE followed her. I believe the whole time we were sitting on the seat HARRISON had his arms around me. I don't think HARRISON had his arms around me when they went out. He was not kissing me. We were laughing and larking. We were not laughing loud enough for any person to hear us on the road. Where we were sitting is close to the door. I did not leave the seat again to go into the garden. We remained there all the time we were there. When walking round the garden, HARRISON was next to Margaret CRANNIE, and Lucy and I were behind. Do not remember HARRISON joining Lucy at any time in the garden, or him speaking to her. I think the garden door was closed. From the time we went into the garden to the time that Lucy went out the door, I did not hear any talk that her and HARRISON had together. Do not remember seeing HARRISON have hold of Lucy. When I came out of garden I did not see Lucy. HARRISON came out with me, and we met Margaret CRANNIE just outside the garden gate. I asked Margaret where Lucy was and she replied, "She has gone round by the offices." We all three stood talking a while, and HARRISON went up the steps to go to the house. Did not see the door open. He did not come along the road before we parted. He said he would set us home, and we said, "No thank you; we can go ourselves." Am quite positive that after Lucy went out the garden door that I never saw her again. I did not make any inquiries for Lucy that night. We came straight home. It was between nine and ten o'clock when we got home. When we left HARRISON he told us it would be about half past nine. We came back by the new bridge the same way we came by, and through Speedwell-lane.
Lucy's grandmother came down to our house the following afternoon, and told me Lucy was missing. I was surprised. It was on the Friday when the grandmother told me Lucy was missing. About eight o'clock I met HARRISON on Speedwell-lane, but not by appointment. I left off work at four o'clock. "Cheap John" was in Speedwell-lane and I met HARRISON at his stand. HARRISON had not sent me any message, and I had not sent him any message. I had told two or three persons about Lucy being missing before I met HARRISON. Asked HARRISON at "Cheap John's" if he had seen Lucy SANDS, and he said he hadn't seen her since she left the garden, and I told him about her grandmother being down to our house to ask if I had seen Lucy, and that I had told her that I had not.
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THE WORKINGTON MURDER
EXAMINATION OF HARRISON
Continuing Jane SHANNON being deposed...
There was nothing more that I can remember. CRANNIE was with us. I met her that night about seven o'clock, and told her Lucy was missing. She seemed surprised when i told her. I met CRANNIE and LAWSON in Pow-street that night at seven o'clock, and we went over to the North-side to see if we could see anything of Lucy. We neither saw or heard anything of Lucy. We went as far as the Brick row. We spoke to James CRAWFORD and Bobby CARRUTHERS and and told them our errand. After we came over again we went straight to "Cheap John's." HARRISON came in about five or ten minutes afterwards. LAWSON was there. I think I told HARRISON when he came in that we had been over to the North-side to see if we could see anything of Lucy. I asked him if he had seen her since she left the garden. As soon as HARRISON came into "Cheap John's" he came up and joined us. I think he spoke first. He asked what we were doing there, and asked me if I would go with him.
The Clerk: You said before the Coroner that he was leaving the tent, and you said to CRANNIE, 'Let us go and tell him." Is what you have just said now untrue?
The Clerk: Did you invent it?
The Clerk: Why are you telling these untruths? Can you tell me? This is twice we have found you out. Are you prepared to speak the truth?
The Chairman: What made you alter the statement?
Witness: I could not think of it. Margaret CRANNIE asked him what he had done with Lucy SANDS as she hadn't been at home. He said he hadn't seen her since she left the garden.
The Clerk: Did you tell the Coroner that?
Witness: I don't know. After leaving the tent Maynard and I went down the street and turned into Vulcan's lane. Margaret CRANNIE left us at the top of Vulcan's-lane, and we went down the lonning leading to the Central Station. On coming down the street Margaret CRANNIE said it was a queer thing that he had got Lucy, and hARRISON said it was. I won't swear that we dropped the subject.
The Clerk: What did you tell CRANNIE when you got back about Lucy? Would youlike to go out and think it over?
The Clerk (to Inspector SMITH): take this girl out to think over what she said.
Inspector SMITH then showed the witness to the garden.
Mr. PAISLEY: The Bench ought to provide for her being alone.
The Chairman: Yes.
Margaret CRANNIE deposed: I live in Christian-street with my mother. Remember the night of the 1st December. It was on a Thursday. I went down Pow-street, and met Jane SHANNON between seven and eight o'clock, and then Lucy SANDS came up. Cannot remember anything that was said when Lucy came up. I think it was Lucy that proposed to go to the North-side. Cannot remember Mary LAWSON being there that night. We set off to go to the North-side, and saw Maynard HARRISON a little nearer Workington than his father's door. I think he was coming in the direction of Workington. After joining HARRISON a few yards this side of his father's house on the first of December, we stood a few minutes, and then went inside of the garden. I believe it was I who said, "Let us see your garden." We had a walk round the garden and when we came round to the garden door Lucy, Janey, and myself sat down on a seat. Do not remember HARRISON sitting down. Cannot say how long we sat on the seat. After we had sat a few minutes, Lucy got up, and Maynard HARRISON swung her round once.
The Clerk: What will you swear? What else was said?
Witness: I don't remember anything else that was said. We stopped in the field beside Bowling-green about a quarter of an hour. Nothing was said in the field about Lucy that I can remember.
The Clerk: In that lane leading to Bowling-green had you any conversation about Lucy?
Witness: I cannot remember. When we came out of the other end of the lane CRANNIE was not there. HARRISON left me at the gate and I went in to "Cheap John's" and saw CRANNIE.
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THE WORKINGTON MURDER
EXAMINATION OF HARRISON
The Clerk: You said before the Coroner that you came out of the lane the same way you went in, and now you say you came out the other end.
Witness: I believe we did; but HARRISON left me at the wicket gate. Saw CRANNIE at "Cheap John's"
The clerk: This was the garden, SHANNON would see it?
Witness: Yes. After HARRISON swung Lucy round he said, "Come to the other end of the garden with me," and she said, "No I won't Maynard HARRISON." I said, "I'll go. Who is afraid of you?" Just as I said that Lucy opened the door and went out. When Lucy went out she did not close the door. I was standing against it. When I went out the door swung to. When I went out I saw Lucy crossing towards that office which is at the opposite end of the way. I lost sight of her when she turned the corner of the office. When Janey and Maynard came out of the garden one of them said, "Lucy is going, " But I don't know which one of them it was. I turned round and was satisfied in my own mind it was Lucy who was going in the direction of Workington. There was a figure going just at the end of the road. I think when he swung her round it was the only time that I can remember HARRISON having hold of Lucy. Lucy and I were not on very friendly terms. After all standing on the road about ten minutes after Janey and HARRISON came out of the garden, Janey and I came home. I parted company with SHANNON at Grapes Arch. I would think it would be after ten when I got home.
On the day after we were at North-side I heard Lucy being missing. I went down to meet SHANNON about seven o'clock the same night. I went down to "Cheap John's" and she was there. Mary LAWSON was there also. We stood a bit and then we saw HARRISON. We were going to walk round to him but before we got round he was walking out, and we followed. CRANNIE, LAWSON and I joined HARRISON outside the tent. After we came out of the tent I told Jane to tell Maynard about Lucy not being at home. I went up to Vulcan's-lane withe Janey and Maynard till near the Bowling-green, and then left them. I shouted "good night" in the road. I saw Janey afterwards in Finkle-street with some girls.
I remember the day the body was found. Alice BOWNESS came and told me of it. Went over with some friends to tell Maynard HARRISON about the discovery. I went to the door and asked for Maynard, and his mother said he was in bed. She said, "Is it anything I can tell him?" I said, "No, it does not matter, only that Lucy SANDS is found." We came away in the direction of Workington and we hadn't gone far when the servant called us back to Mr. HARRISON's. We all four went back, and Mr. HARRISON, Maynard's father was in. We all sat down. Maynard came in, and we told him about Lucy being found. He said, "Are you sure it is Lucy SANDS?" and I said, "Yes, by the description of her clothing I am sure it is her." Mr. HARRISON said, "All you have got to do is go and tell the truth." That was all that was said. I said, "We will have to go and tell all we know." Maynard said he would go to bed. His father said they would soon pull him out of bed if they wanted him. When we were coming home, and near the end of Brick-row, Maynard came up, and we left him talking to Miss. SCOTT. We came right on to the Bridge Station. I saw Janey again that afternoon in Pow-street, and a man came up to us and said, "Maynard HARRISON is wanted?" He was in the Royal Oak. I did not see him after that.
By the Clerk: I saw HARRISON going down Pow-street, but he did not come to us. Don't remember speaking to him. Don't remember saying these words, "Oh Maynard, it is you who did it." I will not swear that I said"Oh Maynard, It is you that did it." Did not hear those words said by anyone. I said in going to the Bridge Station, "Maynard, they blame you for it;" and he said, "Man, dear, is it me they blame for it?" HYave never seen him with any firearms, but I saw him with a knife with a black handle, near the Forge Hammer.
Cross examined by Mr. PAISLEY: I don't know that it was on the 1st December that I went to the North-side. Will swear it was a Thursday night the last time I was with Lucy SANDS. Have not told people that I did not know what night it was. Saw HARRISON get hold of Lucy in the garden and swing her round, but did not hear anything pass between Lucy and HARRISON, except HARRISON saying, "Come to the other end of the garden with me," but she did not. Have known prisoner for two years, and never knew that him and Lucy were going together. On that afternoon of the day we all went to the North-side, Lucy showed me a curl of hair, and told me she was going to get a new ulster and that she was going to the new station for it. She said the ulster was coming from a commercial traveller at Preston whom she knew.
Jane SHANNON was recalled and stated when she was in the lane near the bowling-green the behaved roughly with her, but he did not threaten her. She was not afraid of him.
The witness was cross examined by Mr. PAISLEY at some length, but nothing new was elicited.
At quarter past nine o'clock Superintendent BIRD asked the Bench to remand the prisoner for a week, and he required more time to prosecute his inquiries. He was in possession of important information which required to be carefully investigated.
Mr. PAISLEY objected to the remand.
Superintendent BIRD said it was in the interests of justice that he asked for a remand for a week.
Mr. PAISLEY: You have been investigating three weeks.
Superintendent BIRD: I may be investigating three weeks more yet.
The magistrates retired to consider the application, and on returning into the Court twenty minutes past nine, the Chairman said they had decided to remand the prisoner for a week.
The prisoner was accordingly remanded till Thursday next.
(That is all for this edition of the paper.)